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Thursday, October 7, 2010 Volume XIX, Number 77

did ya know?.

Did Ya Know?.. . Carthage Farmers Market every Wed. and Sat starting at 7 a.m.

today's laugh

"EVERYTHING COMES IN THREES" - Not true. In reality, everything comes in ones. Sometimes, when three "ones" come in a row, it seems like everything comes in threes. By the way, in medieval times, it was widely believed that everything came in twenty-sixes. They were wrong, too. It just took them longer to recognize the pattern.

"YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (when you die)" - Well..., that depends on what it is. If it’s your dark blue suit, you can certainly take it with you. In fact, not only can you take it with you, you can probably put some things in your pockets.

"YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY" - Actually, you learn something old every day. Just because you’ve just learned it, doesn’t mean it’s new. Other people already knew it, Columbus is a good example of this.

"NICE GUYS FINISH LAST" - Not true. Studies have shown that, on average, nice guys finish third in a field of six. Actually, short guys finish last. By the way, in medieval times, it was widely believed that nice guys finished twenty-sixth. You can see how limited those people were.


A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Will Take Horses to the Races.

Frank Havens will leave this evening with his horses, "Too Soon" and "Jimmie H." to take in the fair at Belton next week. The next week he will be at Lee’s Summit and the next at Lamar. Both the horses are speedy animals and he ought to bring home some money.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gray and little son returned this morning from their trip in the east. Mrs. Gray has been visiting her old home in New York state and her husband joined her there ten days ago. Before coming home they attended the Canadian exposition at Toronto which has just opened and is attracting great crowds.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Martin have rented their house on Keller street ready furnished and expect to leave a week from Monday for a two months’ visit in Michigan.

  Today's Feature

Missouri Historic Conference.

Missouri Preservation will hold the annual Statewide Historic Preservation Conference on Oct.19th-21 in Washington, MO at the St. Francis Borgia Jesuit Hall.

This year’s theme is Conserve, Preserve, Protect, which will focus on sustainability and historic preservation.

The featured keynote speaker will be Mike Jackson, FAIA is the acting Director of the Preservation Services Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. He is a founding member of the Association for Preservation Technology Committee on Sustainable Heritage and active in the development of green building standards and preservation policies.

Also featured will be a stone repair workshop with John Speweik, a historic masonry specialist for Speweik Preservation Consultants, Inc., based in Elgin, Illinois. He is an author, traditional building investigator, and brick mason and works with building owners and government agencies as a historic masonry advisor in addition to training masons on traditional stone masonry on landmark historic properties nationwide.

For More info call (573) 443-5946.


By Monte Dutton

Champ Jimmie Lurks

The King is far from dead. The King lives.

With apologies to Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson has been king of the Sprint Cup Series for four years and seems unlikely to abdicate the throne. Maybe Petty’s King with a capital K, and Johnson’s just king with a little one.

The latest victory, his 53rd, was at Dover International Speedway, where Johnson has won three of the last four Cup races.

"The tire that Goodyear brought back -- it’s the same as it was in the spring -- blackened up the track in a hurry, but really made it challenging after 30 or 40 laps. ... I had to fall back on my dirt-racing background."

For the record, Johnson’s "dirt-racing background" wasn’t at Eldora or Knoxville. It was through deserts. Johnson first made his reputation in off-road racing.

At 35 years of age, Johnson, a native of El Cajon, Calif., has already won four Cup championships. Only two drivers, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt, have ever won more. Neither ever won four in a row, an unprecedented achievement. Now Johnson seems on track to make it five.

Johnson isn’t boastful by nature, even though he has every right to be. He laughs easily but seldom jokes. Some find him boring off the track.

But not on it. He opened the Chase with a 25th-place finish. Guess what? He opened it with a 39th in 2006 and went on to win the championship. His quick recovery at Dover was typical of past performances. He and crew chief Chad Knaus have forged a relationship that serves as a model for every other such combination in the sport.

For much of the AAA 400, A.J. Allmendinger dominated. Johnson bided his time and ended up rising to the front and staying there for the final stages.

"We played it smart," he said. "He (Allmendinger) wasn’t ‘a Chase guy,’ so I didn’t feel good about letting him go, but when he got to me and put pressure on me, I let him by.

"Come the end of the race, he wasn’t there to have to fight with."..

Just Jake Talkin'

Heard a female comedian say the other night that sometimes when a guy is asked what he’s thinkin’, and he says nothin’, it’s prob’ly the truth. She says men have the capability to do that.

‘Course usually ya think of doin’ nothin’ as not gettin’ anything accomplished. I’m sure the comedian would agree, doin’ nothin’, or thinkin’ nothin’ in her example, achieves a better result than other possible alternatives.

I’m sure there are a lotta parents who sometimes wish their kids would just do nothin’ for a while. I can personally attest that there are at least a couple a grandparents that long for a ten minute "do nothin’" time slot for grandchildren.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.

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Dear Tom and Ray:

I got an e-mail this morning from our company’s internal security department about locking your car with the remote key fob. The memo cites the story of a woman in a shopping center who noticed two guys in a car watching her, and then, after she locked her car and walked away, she heard her car unlock. It says that car thieves have a device that can capture the frequency of your key fob, and then use it to unlock your car while you’re in a store. The woman claims that this was explained to her by the police. Is it true or an urban legend?

Thanks, Mike

Ray: It’s an urban legend, Mike. When locking key fobs were new, back in the 1980s, they would be set to a single, permanent frequency. And I suppose, in those days, if a thief had the right equipment, he potentially could capture the frequency and gain access to the car.

Tom: But there are two reasons why that’s extremely unlikely today. First, key fobs now jumble their codes. So each time you use the fob to lock your door, it generates a unique code that it uses only that one time. While there might be equipment capable of breaking through that system, it’s more likely to be owned by the "Ocean’s Eleven" crew that by a common burglar.

Ray: That’s the second reason why this story is unlikely to be true: Most people who break into your car to steal something off the seat are opportunists, not master planners. These guys go looking for a car that’s been left open, or they’ll see a computer on a seat and break a window to grab it.

Tom: So lock your car, and don’t leave it in my brother’s neighborhood.

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